You’ve heard of motivation, but what’s this Mamavation? It’s like motivation only your best girlfriends are supporting you and encouraging you to make better choice toward living more healthfully. It’s like Richard Simmons without the short shorts and ‘fro. It’s our opportunity to cheer each other on!
My friend Heather kicked off 2011 with the decision to give up her beloved Sunkist Orange soda and drink more water. I support that! I’m not a soda drinker but I know how much people love their soda. I drink water all the time. So does BabyGirl. And it was just natural to welcome Heather to the water-drinkers club.
In January I met Leah, the beauty, brains and brawn behind Mamavation. She knows the importance of having a community of people supporting your choices to give up habits that are not working to improve your health. Leah started Mamavation to give moms a safe place to share and go to for encouragement as they begin the journey to a more healthy lifestyle.
I’m joining in because I support Heather. And I know that going it alone is hard. Not that Heather is alone, though. Her husband is joining in as are many other friends both in her daily and online life. I’d like you to join in too if you’ve been thinking that you need a little extra boost. Whether it’s losing the weight that’s found its way back, making better food choices, adding in daily exercise, something else or all of the above it’s a community of women supporting women!
I’m not pledging the Mamavation sisterhood this time. I want to support Heather and encourage others to join me as together we welcome Spring by adding some spring in our steps. My downfall is exercise. I don’t do it. But I’m motivated to add something new each day not only for me but to add a PE segment to BabyGirl’s daily routine as well.
Today’s prompt in the Mamavation community is about snacks. Are you a sweet or salty snacker? Knowing this will give you a little more power over just going to the panty or fridge and grabbing whatever is there. If you want something sweet then find something sweet that is a better alternative to the gallon of ice cream you really want to devour. A small piece of really good chocolate, a piece of gum or a ripe mango. Mindful eating.
Same with salty. Rather than the entire bag of chips, get a handfull of nuts. Or spread peanut or nut butter on celery or an apple. Hummus is great too for that salty kick.
I’m usually a sweet snacker, which is why I don’t keep them in the house. There are times I think the cookies are knocking on the door and talking sweet sweet chocolate love to me. And it’s so powerful that I don’t even buy them. And when I bake I try to make things a bit healthier, or at least I know exactly what is in them so I can make informed choices.
Do you need some Mamavation? I sure do. Join in! Let me know and we’ll do this together. You don’t have to tell me numbers or anything you don’t want to share. Just know you’ve got the Mamavation!
If you’re on Twitter or Facebook and want to support Heather, check our her Mamavation Monday about taking baby steps to healthier living.
My goal this week is to exercise at least 3 times. What’s yours?